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Wrist Watches History & Why You Should Wear One

Why didn’t men wear wristwatches?

Until the early 20th century, wristwatches were almost exclusively a fashion piece for women. Men, on the other hand, preferred to carry a pocket watch. The choice to carry a pocket watch or a wristwatch wasn't a fashion decision based on gender, but for a practical reason.

As watches before the 20th century weren't as durable as our watches these days, extreme temperatures or any exposure to dust and moisture could easily affect the gears and springs of a watch which causes it to lose its accuracy. Men at this point of history were holding positions in the military and business, and were more likely to expose themselves to these elements, thus making a pocket watch a better choice for accurate timekeeping.

From pockets to wrists

However, pocket watches weren't as convenient as it requires a free hand. For military men, reaching into your pocket to check the time in the heat of battle or while riding a horse could mean life or death.

During the first World War when shaving kits became popular, soldiers also figured it was more practical to strap watches on their wrists. This method also allowed military leaders to coordinate attacks without revealing their plan through visual cues.

By the end of the first World War, soldiers returned to their civilian life with the watches on their wrists. This trend soon caught on and set a standard for other men all over the world to follow. Watch manufacturers also began producing stylish watches for men on all sorts of occasions; not just for the battlefield.

Why you should wear a wristwatch

Since most of us now aren't synchronising manoeuvres on a battlefield, and smartphones can tell us the time with just a button, the percentage of people wearing wristwatches has decreased significantly. Some people might think wearing a wristwatch is unnecessary, but there are many reasons why you should have a timepiece on your wrists.

First of all, wristwatches are convenient. Every time you take out your phone to check the time, you're essentially repeating the actions of a soldier checking his pocket watch from the early 1900s. Unlike smartphones that can't last beyond a day without charging, wristwatches are also more reliable as they are sturdy and rarely have battery problems.

A wristwatch isn't just a tool to tell time; it is also art. High-quality timepieces require expert craftsmanship to achieve precision and reliability, something that not everyone appreciates. Wristwatches also work as a fashion statement, and they are one of the few male accessories that anyone can pull off easily. You can never go wrong with a watch, but a well-matched outfit and a stylish watch can enhance your appearance.

A watch remains timeless

The relationship between human and time exists throughout history. From sundials to Apple Watches, we've always kept track of time with various types of devices. If you don't have a wristwatch, you should consider getting one because not only are they are functional fashion pieces, but they also symbolise our relationship with time and reminds us that time is important.